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Cards to Support Our Troops – Free Printable

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I have many vivid memories of my time in the Air Force, but one of the most vivid is the hundreds of pallets of cards from American citizens that we processed and shipped to deployed service members during Operation Desert Storm. It was so heartwarming to see the concrete support of all those citizens. I know firsthand how much a simple card and personal message means to service members, veterans and their families. Let’s all get involved by sending cards to support our troops and you can use this free printable to make your cards. 

3 red soda cans in back ground with 8 different red, white and blue patriotic cards scattered on white wood table with title text overlay reading Free Printable Cards to Support Our Troops

Having seen for myself and when my husband was deployed how much it means to deployed troops to receive cards, I’ve often sent cards to deploying and deployed troops, troops in military hospitals and veterans in V.A. hospitals. I realize that not everyone has a craft room stocked with card making supplies, so to make it easy for anyone and everyone to make and send cards to support our troops, I’ve created a free printable of card designs you can print out and use.

Cards to Support Our Troops

You’re probably familiar with the idea of writing and sending cards to support military members, their families and veterans. There’s a second way you can create and send cards to troops by sending blank cards that they can use to send to their family members. I know this won’t surprise you, but there are no card stores in many deployed locations. Troops want cards to send to their families and friends, but don’t have a way to get them. Making cards for the troops to send to their loved ones is a truly helpful way to support our troops. 

8 different DIY red, white and blue patriotic themed cards on white wood table

Why not make cards to send directly to deployed service members and make cards for them to send to their loved ones? I know, big smile, right?!

You can gather family and friends to help you make cards.

collage of images of red and blue hearts, stars, American flag and text to use to make cards

Once I got back home, I created these free printable card designs. You can print them out and use them to make your own cards. With these six images it’s easy to create endless combinations and designs. 

How to Make Cards to Support Our Troops

Supplies

White Card Stock Paper

Paper Cutter

Scissors

Double Stick Tape or Glue

overhead view of paper cutter, tape, scissors and printed out components for DIY cards

Envelopes – Invitation envelopes are the perfect size for these cards.

paper cutter slicing piece of white paper

Step 1 – Cut card stock paper in half so that you have 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch sized paper. Fold the paper in half to make a 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inch card.

printable images to use in making DIY cards

Step 2- Print out the free printable card images. You get access to these free printables when you sign up for our free newsletter. Cut out the images. 

Step 3 – Lay out the images to create card designs. Be creative. The design combinations are infinite. You can also add solid colored card stock paper to layer and make designs stand out more. 

Card Design Ideas

  • Cards with the large heart combo design
  • Cards with the large star combo design
  • Cards with the flag
  • Cards with cut out stars only
  • Cards with cut out hearts only
  • Cards with a mix of text and designs
  • Cards with additional solid or decorative paper added
  • Cards embellished with
    • Ribbon
    • Washi Tape
    • Stickers
overhead view of red, white and blue cards with images of hearts, starts and flags

Do not use anything with glitter. We all know how insidious glitter is and how it gets everywhere. Troops don’t need or want glitter on their uniforms for a variety of reasons.

It’s a simple way to send your personal thanks directly to service members around the world. 

red, white and blue cards with stars and hearts on white wood table with red veteran soda cans in background

Once you’ve created your own cards, contact your local USO to donate the cards to service members.

Patriotic Craft Projects, Recipes and Ideas

Check out my favorite patriotic crafts, printables and recipes in the table below. You can scroll though the table and look for ideas or search for specific ideas with the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner (on desktop). Click on the topic and then click through the specific article.

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4 Comments

  1. What a neat thing to do! I never thought about the troops needing cards to send back home to their family. Those Coke cans are really neat too! It’s funny that I’m reading this post right now because in the background, the news is on and a ship is returning home. They’re showing all the families waiting for them to disembark.

  2. You know–I had NEVER thought of the idea to send blank cards to service members–that’s completely brilliant! And thank you for your service and for your families sacrifice for our country!!!

    1. There really is a need for the cards and it’s fun to create the cards, Nicole. It becomes addictive, but it a great creative addiction. šŸ™‚

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